186 miles of breathtaking scenery

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Opened in 1970 and hugging the rugged Pembrokeshire coastline for a spectacular 186 miles or 299km, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path forms the longest and oldest established section of the Wales Coast Path. 

Stretching from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the Path takes in some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain, as well as almost every kind of maritime landscape – from steep limestone cliffs and undulating red sandstone bays, to volcanic headlands, beaches, estuaries and flooded glacial valleys.

Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.

Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest – 35,000 feet!

Most visitors walk a short section at a time with the help of a Coast Path mileage chart, adding a piece to the jigsaw each time they visit and make good use of the coastal bus service, which serves the rural communities and coast path walkers.

Coastal Path facts

  • Opened 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the 1st National Trail in Wales
  • It runs for 186 miles or 299 km from St Dogmaels to Amroth
  • Our coastal paths pass by 58 beaches and 14 harbours
  • The Pembrokeshire coastal bus service covers the entire path
  • Total rise and fall over entire length of path is approx 35,000 feet - that's as high as Everest!
  • The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is part of the Wales Coast Path stretching 870 miles right around Wales

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The trail reveals the coast’s most off-the-radar nooks and crannies, with secluded coves, seal-basked rocks, surf-lashed beaches and the enigmatic remains of stone circles.

Kerry Christiani, for Lonely Planet